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Support for Private Channels

Looking for the ability to create a channel that only channel members can see. Private channels are available in slack. There is an admin for private channels who is the creator, and they are the ones who add/remove users.

Five types of public/privacy that is being asked for by users:

- Public-Open (visible anywhere including outside the org and anyone can join)
- Public-Invitation (visible anywhere including outside the org, must be invited)
- Company-Open (only visible inside the org and anyone in the org can join; outside the org must be invited)
- Company-Invitation (only visible inside the org, must be invited)
- Secret (invisible to everyone except existing members, must be invited)

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Angela Sze shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

We acknowledge the customer demand for Private Channels and have been hard at work on it. Private Channels is currently in preview with a select group of customers. We expect to release the feature to the public later this Fall, and will update here when we are starting to roll out to all customers. We appreciate all the feedback you have provided to us on this forum and thank you for your patience.

~Alex

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  • Boon Hock commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    just posting here since I have lots of customer still waiting this feature to release.

  • Christian Petersen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    My Org require the private channel functionality for this to be the viable "go-to" collaboration solution. Once you have this, you will have an organisation of 70,000 people who can jump on board and adopt the platform. When will this functionality be released?

  • Guptaji Teegela commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hello,

    Do we have any update on private channels. This is one of the important feature which will help in many ways.

  • Krista Greer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree, this is important. Our company previously used Skype for business, which was awesome for communicating with all people in our office, in addition to people within our extended offices, and our external clients. The Teams connection is ok - but Skype was great for looking up information about a single person - not necessarily in our group - finding out where they were and their contact information. I loved the status bar to let people know "In the field today - call cell" etc. Additionally, we extensively work with external clients. Teams makes this very difficult. A lot of the functionality of communicating with our clients, sharing screens, videos, images, etc. are really made too cumbersome to be able to do easily in Teams.

  • Susan Jackson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    My boss told me today that I could manage the rights to a channel in our Teams but I don't think she's correct. Especially based on the comments I'm reading on this thread. Which is a bummer because we really need that functionality.

  • Larry Reed commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Have been trying to implement MS Teams in my organization. I have had multiple requests on this and no updates with this feature. I think this should be a high priority for MS Teams and implemented as quickly as possible.

    What is truly a wonderful product for projects cannot be implemented and adopted properly without this feature. This is sad.

  • HerryWong commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Just look at the Time Angela initiated this idea, and the last response.
    Apparently Teams enigineering’s responsive speed is slow. Obviously, No value to comment and feedback here.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    When is it being released? We understand that this can very but it would be nice to know the time frame so we can plan accordingly. Our organization is holding off on using Teams until we understand when this will be available as it will drastically change the philosophy of our structure.

  • Angelo Pangalos commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi there,

    Do you have a timeline for delivery on this feature please? It is literally the number one feature we need for our business. Thanks!

  • vilmarci commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @Tesma: "I saw private channnels are avaialble now" Where exactly do you see this?

  • Riccardo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Any news on this?
    The missing policy on channel had the effect that now I have multiple chats (using them instead of teams) but without the possiblity to add planner or more advanced stuff.

    The other alteranative is to have different teams, but in that case the files will be scattered among different teams and the risk of duplication or "losing" them will be too high.

  • Chris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    An update would help me make an informed decision on whether I could use Teams for the 2019/20 academic year. Currently hoping private channels will be ready by late August (Teams is not an option without). Please manage my expectations :)

  • John commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Seriously, just tell us when. Why isn't MS responding to these posts? Is it possible to just give us a target date?

  • Craig Crawford commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'll add to the course. I am desperately trying to sell Teams to clients using 'initiative management' as a basic framework for people to get their heads around ... but it fails disastrously when I tell people that the admin assistant gets to see all the CEOs files in a channel in order to print one.

    Channels for us are Projects ... in no world are all files in a projects open to all members of a project.

    What bothers me more is that his issue was identified by those of us that were early adopters and designated critical. Good to see you have prettier icons though. That was important.

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